The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, in recognition of Israel’s 75th anniversary, encouraged community members to participate in Community Mitzvah Day on Sunday, April 23. The day included more than 25 volunteer opportunities at various times and locations throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.

Volunteer projects included cemetery and park cleanups, care packages for lone soldiers and Ukrainian refugees, food deliveries, blood drives and more.

Chesed, which is Hebrew for acts of loving-kindness, and mitzvot, which means good deeds, are cornerstones of Judaism. The day’s collective volunteer efforts throughout Greater Philadelphia was an embodiment of and testament to these Jewish values. 

Michael Balaban, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s President and CEO, and Dr. Kelly Romirowsky, Jewish Federation’s Chief Strategy & Impact Officer, with student volunteers creating care packages for Ukrainian refugees at the the Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center for the Jewish Federation’s Israel 75 Community Mitzvah Day on April 23.

Community Mitzvah Day is the kickoff of the Jewish Federation’s lineup of Israel 75 celebrations. Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, will begin on Tuesday, April 25 and end on the evening of Wednesday, April 26, 2023.

In honor of Israel 75’s anniversary, the Jewish Federation is also hosting various Shabbat Gatherings throughout the region on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 as well as A Taste of Israel Festival with award-winning Chef Michael Solomonov and world renowned a cappella group Six13 on Sunday, May 7 at the Saligman Campus in Wynnewood.

Since 1901, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has served as the hub of the region’s Jewish communities, providing an infrastructure of support for Jewish people and organizations in need. Through the various grants, emergency funding, restricted gifts, endowments and our partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Day Schools, we invest more than $40 million each fiscal year to care for and protect those in need, and support a thriving and vibrant Jewish community locally, in Israel and around the world.

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Click here to see photos from Community Mitzvah Day. Learn more and register for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s other Israel 75 celebrations by visiting israel75.jewishphilly.org or by emailing israel75@jewishphilly.org.